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Many reasons why drunk driving accidents are upsetting

Drunk driving is a serious problem in this country, and today we want to talk about it a little bit more on a basic level. Let's discuss two distinct things: what alcohol does to you and why these accidents are so dangerous and problematic.

9 vehicles involved in crash that leaves 5 seriously injured

A bizarre accident that was caused by a man from Atlanta has made headlines given the sheer number of vehicles and injuries involved. Nine vehicles were wrapped up in the crash and five people were seriously injured. It is unknown at this time if more people were injured but simply didn't suffer "serious" injuries. The car that started it all ultimately crashed into a restaurant and the entire wreck is being investigated by the police.

CDC figures on impaired driving are alarming

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 there were 10,265 people were killed in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle accidents, constituting nearly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities. This is just one piece of data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on their page devoted to the impaired driving problem. The CDC also notes that in 2015, about 1.1 million people were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Drunk driving reenactments can help, but they aren't guaranteed

You may have noticed a lot more news stories in your local papers about high school students being shown dramatic reenactments of drunk driving accidents at their schools. It is certainly a trend, and one that may help young, impressionable teenagers learn that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous and unacceptable. 

Far too many people drive under influence of drugs or alcohol

Up until a few weeks ago, if you were asked whether drugged driving or drunk driving was more common in fatal accidents, you probably would have answered "drunk driving." Driving under the influence of alcohol has been a scourge to road safety for decades. But while this problem remains, it has been surpassed by drugged driving according to a recent report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.

Criminal, civil penalties possible for drunk drivers

Drunk driving is still a far-too-prevalent phenomenon in our country, and it continues to affect the lives of many people every day. For those who behave in this unacceptable way and get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they will face the brunt of the law when a police officer arrests them.

Why drunk driving is such an infuriating phenomenon

Of all the ways for a motor vehicle accident to happen, drunk driving has to be one of the worst, most infuriating causes -- if not the worst, most infuriating cause. Drunk driving inherently implies that the individual who caused the drunk driving accident consumed alcohol and then made the deliberate decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle that weighs a literal ton and can travel at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Distracted driving vs. drunk driving

We recently talked about self-driving cars and the ethical dilemma surrounding their programming. There is an element to self-driving cars that relates it to the issue of distracted driving. The dream is that cars will eventually be equipped with technology impressive enough to let us take our attention off the road and we still get to our destination safely and reliably.

Signs another driver may be drunk

After having a few drinks, some drivers think they are completely fine to do drive. In fact, they may try to convince themselves and others that they are actually better drivers when they are slightly intoxicated. But no matter how people try to rationalize the behavior, drunk driving is dangerous and drunk drivers are probably not hiding their impairment very well.

If I'm partially at fault for a crash, can I still seek damages?

There are some types of motor vehicle accidents that are pretty straightforward in terms of fault. Maybe one driver ran a red light, or someone was speeding and lost control of his or her vehicle. In other cases, however, fault is more complicated to establish because there is more than one person responsible.

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